Oatmeal Stout | Breckenridge Brewery

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Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.95%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
It's a bold, smooth-bodied concoction that oozes dark-roasted coffee aromas and flavors of espresso and semi-sweet chocolate. We round out these heady pleasures with a dose of flaked oatmeal for a creamy body and a semi-dry finish. Unforgettable.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-25-2001

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Photo of abcsofbeer
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with no bottled on date indicated, but, the calendar is there. The color is inky black and not at all transparent. The head is light brown and very rocky after a generous pour. The head came out about an inch in height, but, dissipates quickly to a thin topper. There is a good amount of sticky rings of lace. The aroma is some sweet malts with a backend of coffee. I detect a small amount of hoppiness in there as well.

The taste is smooth with a lingering burnt malted flavor. There is also some strong hints of dark chocolate. I like the smoothness of the oatmeal stout. A good brew. Merry Christmas.

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Photo of walleye
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pourer black with light brown head that left a little lacing. aroma, malts and caramel came out 1st than came the molasses and chocolate, with some coffee. flavor got the same as the aroma. a little on the thin side but I enjoyed this one. very easy to drink

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Photo of merlin48
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours an ebony and opaque body with a one finger khaki head that retains well. Patch lace is quite prevalent on the sides of the glass. Aroma is subdued for a stout, with hints of sweet chocolate and smoked almonds. Mouthfeel is silky and smooth, with a light medium body and moderate carbonation. Taste is smooth, but lacking richness. Chocolate and coffee flavors are present, but very little dark roastiness. Hops are vague, but add a nice balance. Very average, overall.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's your average everyday Stout from a typical microbrewery. Aromas are solid and strong with a good malt base and heavy notes of coffee and chocolate. A toasty, yeasty, hoplike aroma swirls around the roasted malts. Lightly mellow and sweet from lactic sugars. Looks nearly opaque and dark brown with a foamy tan head that persists. Flavors are bold upfront with the roasted grain, chocolate, coffee, and malt with a silky sweetness comming in quickly. The beer quickly falls off of texture leaving a lightly watery and roasted grain texture that gets a bit chalky. Finishes quite the same with a charcoal like aftertaste. Not unpleasant, but a bit weak late in the drink.

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Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber.

Poured inky brown to black with just a shard or two of light penetrating. Brownish tan head (good head retention & lacing), carbonation dances throughout!

Smell: Coffee, roasted grain smell, choclate and hints of iron???

Bitter choclate, the iron again, graininess, and hops on the tounge and throat.

Mouthfeel Chewy, but balanced with optimal carbonation levels. No silky smoothness, but close

Something isn't quite there ( more malt I think ), but worth keeping around for the holidays & the pending ice age (april??)

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Photo of Xadoor
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark black with a thick tan head. Aroma is sweet, almost a chocolate fudge smell. Taste starts smooth and light, with roasted caramel and coffee flavours. Finish is a little bitter and dry with almost a burnt wood flavour. Mouthfeel is a little thin. An average stout, but I'd probably drink it again.

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Photo of karengarys
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours quite blackish with a brown hue, a bit of a head which dissipates quickly leaving a carmel colored ring.

Smells of coffee and hop sweetness.

Taste is very strong on the coffee side. Coffee bitter and hop bitter. Even a little pine.

Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy, but a bit thin.

Finish is somewhat surprisingly clean, but a pine bite is left behind. Bit of a bad aftertaste.

This is a good beer, but not my cup of, er, coffee. I like some stouts, but this one is a bit too heavily pine-hopped, and leaves a bit of an aftertaste. Worth trying, though, I'm just not buying a case of it.

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Photo of Brent
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured an inpenetrable black with light tan lace. Some gentle chocolate in the aroma. Smokey, peaty malt, with the barest touch of semi-sweet chocolate. Not acidic, but felt a little thin in contrast with the big malt. A little coffee in the finish. This beer had a lot of potential, but never seemed to put it all together to be better than okay.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blackish stout ruby. Large bubbled carbonation but really no lingering head to speak of. Spotted, tan bubbles.

Nose is akin to roasted cardboard. Almost fishy water characteristic. Sort of like turning on your heat for the first time in winter. Burnt dust.

Intense roasted malt on the palate is almost scarring on the tongue. Charred, smoldering wood. Ashes. None of the weediness i've found in alot of stout/porters lately. Nice malt laden finish, though.

Not particularly thick but passable.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: Pours a pleasing blackness with cherry opaqueness to light. The head is a creamy coffee color. The head was present briefly then resolved to a film across the top. Very gentle carbonation bubbles in this beer.

Smell: Smells of sweet burnt coffee with some floral tones playing in the smell.

Taste: The taste is of overly burnt versus roasted coffee not offensive just burnt. Very little chocolatey goodness about it.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: Overall this is a very drinkable beer. The carbonation does not stop but it adds to the brew. This beer is light to medium bodied in mouthfeel. Not to shabby of a drinking experience.

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Photo of mentor
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This just appeared in local stores, so it must be a seasonal that's fresh from the brewery. Nice silk-screened bottle, but no freshness date. Pours a two finger really frothy brown head. It's the color of light brown sugar. The beer is pitch black and has a hint of mahogeny edgings when held to light. Smell is roasted grains, lactose, and cotton. It just has a milky smooth smell about it. Chocolate became more apparent as the beer warmed. Tastes dry roasted grain. It would be rough but there is a smoothness in the malt sweet and the mouthfeel that tame this roughness. It's like dancing around in a dangerous situation, because you've got safeguards you trust will pull you out should something go bad. The sweet smooth carries some black patent sour/bitter that's mixed with a really nice caramel flavor. The roast wins out in the end, coming across in the aftertaste as a sugar-sweetened richly roasted coffee. I think there is some hop bitter mixed in with the coffee roast. Hop flavor is mildly grassy and comes across as the rounded 'cottony' flavor I associate with Fuggles (or possibly Williamette) hops. Body is only medium, but it's got some silky qualities that you expect in an oatmeal stout. Nothing like Samuel Smith's (for me, the best example of silky mouthfeel), but still a nice feature. As the beer warmed, an alcohol presence became apparent in the aftertaste that was not enjoyable. I'll bet this will settle if the beer is aged. Carbonation is on the mild side of moderate and there is really amazing lacing on the inside of my glass. A nice beer that's helped me realize fall brisk air means that winter is quickly coming. Over the next couple months, I'll probably enjoy a couple more bottle and may set back a bottle to age through the summer.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A great oatmeal stout. Very smoke like character reminded me of a rauchbier in some ways. Poured out to a black coffee color with a small brown colored head. Medium low carbonation. Lace was thick and vertical, unlike anything I've seen in a beer before. Aromas of coffee, caramel, toffee, smoked malts, roasted earth and grains dominated the nose and implied a treat was waiting in the glass. Taste was great; flavors of grain, malt and earth were in a cyclone of harmony, blending very well. My only qualm with this brew is in the mouthfeel. This was far too weak, lacking the thickness and depth of a good oatmeal stout. Still, it's not enough to take away from the overall enjoyment of this beer. High level of drinkability leads me to believe that this beer will find itself in my fridge again before too long. Recommended.

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Photo of granger10
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This Breckenridge offering poured medium black in color with a huge tan head. Lots of lacing. Aroma was of oats and nuts along with a slight roasted chocolate aspect. Taste began was the roasted malt flavor that wasn't the most appealing to me. Floral elements from the hops underneath along with a lighter coffee base. The flavors get rounded out nicely by the oat precense. The sweeter oat flavor saves this beer. Finish is smooth. This beer is really smooth but a tad thin as well. Decent offering but nothing mind blowing.

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Photo of clvand0
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one pours a dark color with a medium head that falls quickly, but leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The aroma has some chocolate and some roasted malts with a hint of diacetyl. Smells nice. The flavor is much the same as the nose. Some chocolate and roasted notes with a little creaminess. Tastes pretty good. The mouthfeel is a lot more thin than I'd like to see, but it's still a tasty beer.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a finger of tan head that falls to a sparse coating over top. Nose is appealing. Good roasted and lighly creamy aroma, with just hints of chocolate. Flavor is right there with the nose. Good roasted malt upfront, with a creamy oat background. Finish is a little subdued. I'd like a little more of a flavor to hang on. Feel is moderate with a light to moderate carbonation. I'd like a touch more creamyness. Overall, this is a pretty solid brew. I could easily session this one. This may find its way into my fridge a few times this winter.

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Photo of naderator55
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had out of a 12 oz. bottle.
Poor a very nice thick head. Exactly what I expected out of a stout. Was a very dark black, could barely see through the glass.

The smell of roasted malts came through very strong with a kick of bitterness.

Taste was dark with the roasted maltss being evident. This had a little bit of a sweeter kick than a bitter kick.

The drinkability was fair, went down smooth, sometimes didn't realize how fast I was actually drinking it.

This was my first beer of this variety, and I think it represented the style well.

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Photo of Fugazme
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very black. The only light that got through was at the very bottom of the glass. 1/2" tan head with big bubbles that fades over a minute or so.

Smell is hoppy and robust. Nice floral and some coffee notes. Maybe even a touch of lavendar in the nose. Nice

Flavor is pretty good, but didn't last throughout the glass. It was great to start and good to finish. Coffee and malt. Bitter hops on the backend. Pretty well balanced.

The nose on this one is the best part.

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Photo of BeerBob
4.63/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout pours a deep chocolate brown from a dark brown 12oz glass bottle. Head goes to well over two fingers before going down to a thick carpet of fine foam and tons of lace of large size.

A yummy nose of coffee with whipped cream and chocolate is so inviting that I am having a hard time not diving immediately right into this thing. Palate is a supper rich coffee with lots of chocolate and sweet malts.

The hops bittering is in perfect balance with the sweet malts and the result is one of, if not the best domestic Oatmeal Stout I have ever had. Wow! is this stuff good.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice brew. Not overwhleming, nothing amazing or inspirational, but, a nice, drinkable oatmeal stout.

Pours an oily black, with a tan head, frothy, and dissaptes quickly. laces down. Nose is sweet, malty, and hints of liquorice. The taste is a nice sublte blend of oats and hops. It mixes with malty, slightly smokey-sweet after taste. While the mouth fell is slightly oily, it is a nice, rather drinkable brew

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Photo of hoffman
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice beer here from Breckenridge. Pours up with a smallish one finger head lacing is present but less pronounced than with other stouts. Opaque black/brown with red highlights. The smell is faint but full. A nice malty base with oats and hop blended in. Decent taste full and hopped finish with a burnt middle. This one lacks a little at the first taste, fuller at finish. Very strong moutfeel slight carbonation, rich creamy flow...very nice. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of sevineyes
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown bottle with a retro label depicting a smiling crescent moon in a sleeping cap. Drank from a pint glass.

A: Nice deep browish-black with some hints of redness on the edges. Smaller head than I believe I've noticed in trying before, but even the small head on this pour leaves lacing on the glass.

S: Distinct malty smell with pronounced aspects of dry oatmeal. Much sweeter than it tastes.

T: Roasty with dark chocolate and coffee aspects. Some almost raisiny flavor ending with a decided break into a bitter finish, almost bordering on a huskiness, leaving a similar aftertaste to drinking espresso. Finishes like an Irish dry stout.

M: Feels smooth, but thin.

D: A drinkable stout. Worth a six pack.

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Photo of Vancer
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A little better Breckenridge offering! This one started good, almost black pour with a nice tan head, plenty of lacing on the way down. Sweet chocolate malts in the aroma, but the taste was more on the burnt toast side, with just hints of chocolate. This reminded me more of a dry stout than an oatmeal.

Medium bodied, but still somewhat thin. Actually became watery upon warming. A decent stab at an oatmeal, but this one needs some malty push to be a good one.

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Photo of OatherS
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The oarange and brown label has a cresent moon with a smiling face and a night cap.

A: Pours a very dark brown/black with a nice darker one finger head.

S: Malty and sweet.

T: Not much flavor, somewhat of a hoppy aftertaste. Some coffee and malt flavor, nothing extroidanary.

M: Smooth.

D: Not bad, but not worthy of a six pack.

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Photo of palliko
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is mahogany brown, with a beighe head of foam that leaves long lived lacing. Aroma has sweet macciato and honey. Initial taste contains mocha and malt, followed by indeterminate flavors that mimic roasted meal, and some hops. Very dry finish that leaves a clean palate.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a black malt scent that boasts of patent and chocolate malts along with a dry oatmeal aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a creamy black malt flavor. It goes down easy and finishes dry with an oatmeal feel. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good stout. It really has a nice earthy black malt and oatmeal flavor; a good drinker.

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Oatmeal Stout from Breckenridge Brewery
3.67 out of 5 based on 1,557 ratings.
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